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Rock the Heart

10th Annual Rock the Heart!

The 10th year of Rock the Heart proved to be the best in its history, raising more than $70,000 – $15,000 more than last year.

Held last Friday, September 27, at Ballydoyle Irish Pub in Aurora, the event featured the “triumphant return” to the stage of Rush Copley’s own Dana Balicki, director of the Heart & Vascular Institute. Local bands Bert’s Revenge, The Blind Roosevelts and True Company also performed.

The annual event raises funds for local heart health programs, including the Fox Valley Heart Fund which supports cardiovascular services and education on diet and exercise for uninsured and low-income residents of our community.

The sale of raffle tickets also contributed to the success of the event.

Sponsors included:

  • Advanced Data Technologies
  • Alden of Waterford
  • Alschuler
  • Simantz and Hem
  • Art Expressions
  • Asbury Communities
  • AstraZeneca
  • Aurora Noon Rotary Club
  • Christopher Balicki
  • Ballydoyle Irish Pub
  • Cairo Design Group
  • DMJ Home Health Services
  • Lynn Dubajic & Dave Kellog
  • Sherry Eagle
  • Fox Valley Medical Associates
  • Fox Valley Park District
  • Frank Marshall Electric
  • Dr. Santosh Gill
  • Henricksen
  • Interior Investments
  • Konen Insurance Agency
  • Lauzen Accounting
  • Leopardo Charitable Foundation
  • Medical Risk Services
  • Midwest Center for Sleep Disorders
  • Dr. Vandana & Shrikant Nilakhe
  • OffWorld Designs, Pathology Associates of Aurora
  • Paramount Valet Service
  • Progressive Energy Group
  • Prudential Insurance
  • RC Wegman Construction
  • Re/Max
Dana Balicki Playing Guitar

Rush Copley director’s heart leading him back to the stage

Part-time musician and director of Rush Copley's Heart Institute Dana Balicki will be performing at the annual Rock the Heart fundraiser for the first time in years and after suffering a heart attack himself earlier this year. Read his story from The Beacon News.